For Joe Shoe, the return to his family home in north Toronto is more than just a trip down memory lane it's also a visit to a crime scene. No sooner has Shoe arrived in his old neighbourhood than he discovers that police are investigating a murder in the ravine near his home. And the murder victim is a man who lived in the neighbourhood 35 years earlier -- and who moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was ultimately murdered.
The police investigation, and Shoe's own inquiries, becomes intensely personal, as old friends, girlfriends, and even family members seem to have a connection to the murder victim, and reasons to want him dead. Compelling, deeply emotional, and at times even disturbing, The Dells is an accomplished novel by one of Canada's rising stars of crime fiction.
Michael Blair is a freelance technical writer/editor living in Montreal. Overexposed is his third mystery, a sequel to If Looks Could Kill, a finalist for the 1999 Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and shortlisted for the 21 Quebec Writers Federation First Book Prize. His second mystery, A Hard Winter Rain, was published by Dundurn in 24.
"…well-written and delivers an intriguing, satisfying experience."
"Michael Blair has a clean, compelling style, and this second appearance of Joe Shoe bodes well for more."
"…a tension filled, exciting read."
"Complex, thoughtful and disturbing…"
"Shoe is a most likable character and it is a pleasure to reminisce with him, until the truth is discovered and hist home. This is a good one."
"…a meaty and accomplished novel…"
"Michael Blair's latest novel, his fourth mystery and best book to date, has an exciting blend of dead bodies, decades-old secrets and unusual characters."